Friday, October 21, 2011

National Guard banning gay spouses from "family" events

I have a friend in the National Guard. So far she has not been deployed, thank Goddess. She is out, has been before the end of DADT, and some of her unit has met her betrothed. I can only guess what would happen if they were told she was not welcome to be part of the "Family" program.

From AmericaBlogGay comes this piece of news.

I doubt there's anything in the law that defines what kind of family can attend a National Guard event. This is absurd. And the kind of petty thing we should no longer be having to deal with. From
In a Tuesday letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., urged the Department of Defense "in the strongest terms to end a discriminatory policy that bans the same-sex spouses of returning National Guard members from participating in official National Guard family events."

Shaheen's letter followed a story in Monday's Herald about Rye resident Charlie Morgan, who is the only member of the N.H. National Guard who recently returned from a foreign deployment but is barred from bringing a spouse to a military-mandated "yellow ribbon reintegration" program this weekend. While the National Guard states returning soldiers' "family members are strongly encouraged to attend" the two-day event, Morgan is the exception because she's a lesbian.

Shaheen said she attempted to assist Morgan, but has been "hamstrung by federal regulations." On Tuesday, the senator wrote to Panetta, asking him "to get personally involved."

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